Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
New Plaza And Street To Link Dandenong Railway Station And CBD
Victor P Taffa
Planning Minister Matthew Guy today visited central Dandenong to announce construction of a new Public Plaza and street to better link Dandenong Railway Station with the nearby City Centre.
These Projects respond to community input into the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative’s Shared Vision and Master Plan, which called for a more logical and welcoming station-to-city centre link.
“The Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative is about increasing the number of homes and jobs in Dandenong through well planned urban renewal.” Mr. Guy said.
“The Baillieu Government will ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to support an increasing number of workers, residents and visitors going about their daily lives in central Dandenong.”
“These projects will deliver a safer, well-lit and pedestrian-friendly connection that encourages people to use public transport and walk to central Dandenong’s main retail and commercial office area.” Mr. Guy said.
With working titles of Station North Plaza and City Street, the concurrent projects will be completed in late 2011 and are set to feature:
- New street frontages for future buildings constructed on previously acquired VicUrban land, including the Government Services Office building under construction;
- An iconic 28 metre light tower as the centrepiece of the 1200 m2 public plaza;
- 66 new trees;
- Granite footpaths;
- 17 new short-term car parking spaces;
- A 10 km/h speed limit for vehicles entering the shared pedestrian and vehicle zones along City Street;
- A 15,000 litre underground water tank to capture stormwater for re-use in watering the new trees and plants;
City Street will be a shared pedestrian and vehicle zone, with Walker Street to its north, Thomas Street to its east, Foster Street to its south and Ruddock Street to its west.
Station North Plaza will be located at Robinson Street, and people arriving in Dandenong via Train and Bus services will exit the station, cross Foster Street and find themselves in the Plaza, which will link into City Street.
VicUrban’s General Manager Urban Revitalisation, Dominic Arcaro , said the concurrent projects were part of broader improvements to traffic and pedestrian flow in and around central Dandenong.
“Better connections will encourage more job-creating businesses to locate to currently underutilised land north of the Railway Station.” Mr. Arcaro said.
Preliminary City Street works have commenced on vacant land near Ruddock Street. Station North Plaza construction activity will commence soon in Robinson Street (north of Foster Street).
A section of Robinson Street, south of Walker Street will be upgraded to provide a link between City Street and Walker Street.